Executive Director

Southeast Asian Press Alliance
  • Location
    Dusit, Thailand
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jan 09

Position description

The Executive Director (ED) will be the head of the Secretariat and oversees and administers the operations of the network, and manages the staff and other personnel of the Secretariat. The ED is responsible for implementing all resolutions and policies of the Board of Trustees and report regularly to its members. The Executive Director reports to SEAPA’s Board of Trustees.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Supervise all of SEAPA’s work to ensure that SEAPA achieves its mission and strategic objectives and strengthens existing and new strategic partnerships
  • Lead and motivate staff and personnel at the Secretariat to ensure they work efficiently and amicably
  • Strengthen SEAPA’s financial position by raising adequate funds related to SEAPA activities and initiate new projects, and effective financial management
  • Oversee program, projects and activities to ensure they meet SEAPA’s vision and mission and strategic plan objectives, as well as reporting schedules
  • Ensure the smooth operations of all SEAPA activities by coordinating with staff, Board of Trustees Members, member organisations, donors, and international organisations
  • Provide guidance and inputs for staff to organise conferences and training courses and other campaign activities
  • Manage and prepare periodic reports for the Board of Trustees and donors
  • Represent the organisation in regional and international forums and through media outreach
  • Oversee SEAPA external communications as Editor of SEAPA and prepare editorials and articles to raise the international profile of the organization
  • Travel regularly to the region and beyond to follow up on SEAPA activities and catch up with regional and international trends in advocacy and media development fields
  • Develop and implement SEAPA’s Human Resources and Financial frameworks and manuals
  • Oversee the development of SEAPA By-laws and membership rules, keeping it updated for relevance and viability under principles of transparency and accountability
  • Assist the Board of Trustees in conducting the regular members’ meeting, assemblies and governance procedures such as board meetings and elections of the Board of Trustees
  • Strengthen and consolidate SEAPA’s legal status and foundation as a regional NGO



  1. Between 6 and 10 years practical experience in the field of media advocacy or media development, with at least 3-5 years in a leadership/managerial position, preferably with work experience as a journalist.
  2. In depth understanding about the overall situation of media freedom and freedom of expression in the region with adequate knowledge of global trends including issues of digital rights and internet governance
  3. Demonstrated in-depth understanding of the implementation and application of international standards on media freedom and/or freedom of expression
  4. Good understanding about the work of SEAPA


Advanced university education (Masters or equivalent) in a related field: media, communication, journalism, human rights, law, political science, international relations, Asian studies, or non-profit management. A combination of relevant academic qualifications and relevant experience may be considered where the candidate does not possess an advanced university degree.


  1. Good communication and public presentation skills in English.
  2. Strong capacity to conduct assessments, write reports, strategize and plan for the organization. Familiarity with results-based management tools is an advantage.
  3. Good analytical and problem-solving skills.
  4. Adequate technical and communications skills


  • Responsible, highly motivated, independent and able to think critically
  • Capable of supervising a team of 6-10 staff at the Secretariat and a number of external consultants and contractors
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Committed to principles of international human rights, transparency and accountability
  • Respect for gender equality and non-discrimination

The employment duration is based on a two year contract, renewable for up to three times, subject to performance evaluation by the Board. The successful candidate will be subject to a three-month probation and a performance evaluation to determine extension of the initial contract.

  • Health, travel and accident insurance
  • Provident fund and social security
  • Other benefits in line with the SEAPA Employees Manual and Financial Management Guidelines.
  • As a registered organisation in Thailand, SEAPA staff will be subject to local labour and tax laws.

Application instructions

Interested applicants are requested to send in an application letter together with an updated resume, two letters of recommendations and a personal statement to [email protected] seapa.org before 31 January 2018.

Applications should be written in English

Selection will be overseen by the Board of Trustees, and a decision made by early March 2018.

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